Rubio and Cruz Tied Among Utah Republicans; Clinton Tops Sanders Among Democrats

Ted Cruz and Marco RubioFlorida Sen. Marco Rubio and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz are tied among Utah Republicans in the GOP presidential nomination race, a new UtahPolicy poll finds.

Donald Trump is fading in third place, only one percentage point above doctor Ben Carson, the new survey by Dan Jones & Associates reveals.

Utah Republicans will caucus the night of March 22 to vote on presidential candidates – now just two months away.

Also, registered Republicans will be able to vote online (for the first time) if they can’t make it to their neighborhood GOP caucus meeting.

Only registered Republicans can vote in the presidential GOP race, but if you are an independent you can register as a Republican at the caucus.

Utah Democrats will hold caucuses on the same night as Republicans, March 22.

Unlike Republicans, the Utah Democratic Party allows independents to vote in their primaries.

Jones found among Utah Republicans:

  • Rubio and Cruz each get 21 percent of the vote.
  • Trump gets 15 percent.
  • Carson gets 14 percent.

All other Republican candidates drop to single digits, with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush taking 7 percent of the GOP vote.

  • 10 percent of Republicans were undecided, and 2 percent said they were planning on voting for someone not officially in the race.

On the Democratic side:

  • Hillary Clinton gets 53 percent support among Democrats.
  • Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders gets 38 percent support.
  • And former Maryland Gov. Mark O’Malley gets 2 percent.
  • Only 5 percent of Utah Democrats are undecided, and 2 percent said they were voting for someone else not on the ballot.

Independents (not registered in any party) can vote in the Democratic caucuses. So their feelings do matter in that contest.

Jones finds that 18 percent of independents like Clinton, the former secretary of state, U.S. senator and First Lady.

Thirty-four percent of independents like Sanders – so if there is a big turnout of independents at the Democratic caucuses it could make a difference in that race.

Eight percent of independents like O’Malley.

A whopping 20 percent of independents favored someone else, and 20 percent of independents are undecided.

Former President Bill Clinton and his wife are not liked in Utah, for a variety of reasons.

And it is clear whomever the GOP presidential nominee is they will win this state in November.

Jones finds in head-to-head match-ups Clinton loses to all of the GOP candidates placed against her by the pollster:

She loses to Rubio, 19-56 percent; to Carson, 22-55 percent; to Trump, 26-39 percent; and to Bush, 21-51 percent.

Trump does not do well in Utah, as he does in some other states.

That’s mainly because the LDS Church’s newspaper, the Deseret News, ran at least one editorial against him, and after Trump had called for a temporary ban of Muslims coming into the U.S., church leaders issued a statement by church founder Joseph Smith welcoming all religions into mid-19th Century Mormon towns.

Finally, Jones asked respondents who they believe will be elected president this year:

  • 29 percent said Hillary Clinton.
  • 17 percent Trump.
  • 33 percent didn’t make a guess, were undecided.

Jones polled 845 adults from Jan. 1-14. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.37 percent.